Members of the 2018–2021 Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are appointed until 30 June 2021.

Committee members



In October 2011 Professor Wesselingh took up the position as the inaugural Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Professor Wesselingh has also been appointed as the Infection and Immunity Theme Leader for the institute.

Professor Wesselingh was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, from 20072011.  Prior to taking up the Deanship, he was Director of the Burnet Institute an independent medical research institute specialising in infectious diseases, immunology and public health.

Professor Wesselingh undertook his undergraduate and doctoral training at Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins in the United States.

Professor Wesselingh is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development.

Professor Wesselingh has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.


  • Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
  • Honorary Director & Chair, Health Translation SA (Previously South Australian Academic Health Science & Translation Centre)
  • Board memberships from 2000–Current:
    • Board Director:  South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Director: SAHMRI Investments Pty Ltd
    • Director: Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)
    • Director: Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences (AAHMS)
    • Honorary Director & Chair: Health Translation SA
    • Chair: Australian Health Research Alliance Council (AHRA)
    • Chair: Doherty Scientific Advisory Board
    • Director: NHMRC Council
    • Chair: NHMRC Research Committee
    • Director: Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Inc.)
    • Chair: Breakthrough Mental Health Advisory Council


Professor Emily Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist with interest and expertise in large scale cohort studies, pharmacoepidemiology, women’s health, Aboriginal health and healthy ageing.

Emily is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, the Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study and Head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University.


  • Researcher in chronic disease epidemiology and Chief Investigator on NHMRC grants in cardiovascular disease, Aboriginal health and large scale data linkage.
  • Appointment as NHMRC Principal Research Fellow from 2018–2022
  • Current, past and likely future application to NHMRC for research funding
  • Membership:  Deputy Chair, National Heart Foundation Research Committee
  • Chair, National Public Health Research Alliance
  • Deputy Chair, NHMRC Alcohol working group
  • Member, Independent Oversight Panel, Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Adverse Event Collaboration
  • Member, UK Biobank International Scientific Advisory Board
Jeffrey Braithwaite


Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has appointments at six other universities internationally including: visiting or adjunct Professor at Newcastle University and University of Birmingham, in the UK; University of Southern Denmark; University of Stavanger, Norway; UNSW; and he is Honorary Senior International Research Fellow in the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He is a board member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care and consultant to the World Health Organization.

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement. He has expertise in health care as a complex adaptive system and applying complexity science to health care problems. His research examines the changing nature of health systems, attracting funding of more than AUD$111 million. He is the recipient of 43 awards, including the Health Services Research Award by Research Australia in 2015 and multiple Editor's Choice awards for papers published in International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Professor Braithwaite has contributed over 450 refereed publications, and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 900 occasions, including 90 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as The BMJ, JAMA, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. Most recently he has contributed eight edited books with international colleagues including the Resilient Health Care series and the Global Health Reform series.


  • Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia Appointed 2014 to present
  • Grants: State Insurance Regulatory Authority, 2018–19; ARC Discovery Project Grant (DP160100943); NHMRC Partnership Projects (APP1134459) 2017–21; Chief Investigator: Cancer Institute NSW; Translational Cancer Research Grant [supplementary funding], 2018–20; ARC linkage scheme 2016–19; NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence Grant (APP1135285); Macquarie University Research Centres (MQRC) Centre Grant; NHMRC Project Grant (APP1143223); St Vincent's Health Australia Contract Grant 2017–19; Victoria Department of Health and Human Services NHMRC funded Project Grant 2018–21; NHMRC Genomics Targeted Call for Research (APP1113531); Partnership Centre Grant  1 July 2017–30 June 2022; NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence Grant (APP1135048)
  • Visiting or Honorary Professor at: UNSW; University of Stavanger; University of Birmingham; University of Newcastle upon Tyne; University of Southern Denmark
  • The Baird Institute for Cardiothoracic Research Board Member, 2009-present
  • Panel Member: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation] Review Panel for a Research Unit in the Area of Public Health, Bonn, Germany, 2018
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the 2018 Organizational Behaviour in Health Care (OBHC) Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2018
  • Committee Member: Resilient Healthcare Net (RHCN) Conference Organising Committee, 2012–present
  • Committee Chair: NHMRC's Targeted Call for Research (TCR) Prioritisation Working Committee, 2016–2019
  • Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, 2014–present (previously, UNSW 2001–2014)
  • Chair Scientific Advisory Board: TOPPFORSK Program in Resilient Health Care, Universitetet Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, 2018–Present
  • Current Board Member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)
  • Member: Cancer Australia Research and Data Advisory Group, 2018 - Present
  • Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, 2014–present (previously, UNSW 2007–2014)
  • Scientific Advisor: Austrian Health Academy, Vienna, Austria, 2018 
  • International Member: Partners at Care Transitions Pact: Scientific Steering Group, NIHR Funded project with Leeds University, United Kingdom, 2017–present
  • International Expert: European Commission, Joint Research Commission (JRC) The European Commission Initiative on Colorectal Cancer (ECICC) Ispra, Italy, 2018
James Bourne


Professor James Bourne is currently a Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and is a member of the NHMRC Research Committee. James completed his undergraduate training in Biochemistry (Hons) at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Following this, he pursued a PhD in the field of Neuropharmacology.

In 2003, James was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2007, James started up his own group and in 2008 received an NHMRC RD Wright fellowship, for which he received an NHMRC Achievement Award for the top application. In 2009, James accepted a position at the newly founded Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, where he now leads a group of 13, including Postdoctoral fellows and students.

In 2014 James received a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. In 2018, James received the NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award for the most innovative and likely transformative Project Grant application, and has continuous funding from the NHMRC, CSIRO, ARC, ERC and other national and international granting bodies.

James has published more than 70 original papers and is on the editorial board of Early Human Development, Nature Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy and the Journal of Molecular Signaling.


  • Australian Brain Alliance Executive
  • Recipient of: NHMRC CDF II and SRFA; NHMRC Project Grants since 2006; ARC Fellowship and Discovery Projects
  • Membership: Chair, National Nonhuman Primate Breeding and Research Facility
  • Previous membership: NHMRC Academy (2012–2015); Postdoc. Reference Group
  • Served as member of GRP
  • Served as member of DGRP
  • Member of a number of Academic journal boards
  • Served as Chair of GRP (2016)
Christine Gunson

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Ms Christine Gunson has over 30-plus years' professional experience as an HR adviser at senior levels across the mining, manufacturing and higher education sectors. Since 2000, Ms Gunson has been in the role of Manager of Strategic HR for Edith Cowan University with a focus on workforce planning, workforce metrics and performance measurement reporting and development.

Since 2009, Christine has worked on a select number of health sector strategic consultancy projects with Dr Norman Swan which has provided insight into the sector and its challenges as it responded to state and Commonwealth reform agendas. Subsequently she was approached to be involved in consumer representation related in particular to government initiatives around hospital performance measurement, reporting and accountability. This involved two years with the National Hospital Performance Authority (NHPA) on two consecutive advisory groups.

Ms Gunson is registered with Consumer Health Forum (CHF), and her interests relate to effective deployment of the health workforce in the interests of consumers, research workforce engagement with consumer voices in research processes, overall diversity and renewal of the research workforce which as recent published studies have shown lacks gender and other diversity. In 2016 to 2017, Ms Gunson was the consumer representative on the NHMRC Structural Review Expert Advisory Committee


  • Consumer representative registered with Consumer Health Forum (CHF) on two National Hospital Performance Authority (NHPA) hospital efficiency and performance reporting (2015/16) 
  • Consumer representative on the NHMRC Structural Review Expert Advisory Committee. Manager (2016/17)
  • Employed part-time as Manager Strategic HR, Edith Cowan University WA. Committee role is fulfil the consumer rep role which is declared to employer
Doug Hilton

Hilton AO

Professor Doug Hilton is the 6th Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and the immediate past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI). He is best known for his discoveries in the area of cytokine signalling, his advocacy for health & medical research and for gender equity in science.

The Hilton lab aims to understand which of the 30,000 genes are important in the production and function of blood cells, and how this information can be used to better prevent, diagnose and treat blood cell diseases such as leukaemia, arthritis and asthma.

Professor Hilton has been awarded numerous prizes for his research into how blood cells communicate and has led major collaborations with industry to translate his discoveries from the bench to the bedside. He is an inventor of more than 20 patent families, most of which have been licensed, and is a co-founder of the biotechnology company MuriGen. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Hilton is the inaugural recipient of The Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology.


  • Head, Department of Medical Biology, University of Melbourne
  • Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Unpaid board and scientific advisory board work: Various academic and philanthropic organisations
  • Murigen – small biotechnology in which I have shares and from which I have received income:
  • Paid Scientific Advisory Board Member: Hermon Slade Foundation
  • Grants: NHMRC, ARC, CSIRO SIEF & various Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations
Daniel Johnstone


Dr Dan Johnstone is a teaching/ research academic who leads the Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection Team within the Discipline of Physiology at the University of Sydney.

He is a past President of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) and has previously served the NHMRC as a member of the Track Record Working Group and as GRP Chair.

Dan's commitment to these and other service and leadership roles stems from his strong belief that a diverse, inclusive, collaborative and sustainable health and medical research sector is essential for health advancement in Australia.


  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney
  • Grants: Current NHMRC Project Grant (2017–2019); likely future applications
  • Director of Board: Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
  • Membership: NHMRC Research Committee, NHMRC Grant Management Solutions Working Group (Chair), Haemochromatosis Australia Management Committee
Maria Kavallaris


Professor Maria Kavallaris is Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program at the Children’s Cancer Institute and Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at the University of New South Wales. Her research contributions in cancer biology and therapeutics are internationally recognised. She leads a multidisciplinary research program that investigates how tumours form, grow and spread and she applies this knowledge to develop effective and less toxic cancer therapies using nanotechnology.

Professor Kavallaris has served on numerous committees including the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research and NHMRC Assigners Academy. She is Chair of the Board of the Australian Institute for Policy and Science and has played a major role in advocating for medical research through public outreach and served as President of the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Professor Kavallaris was recognised by the NHMRC as part of its rollcall of Australian ‘high achievers' in health and medical research (past and present) in 2014. Her leadership in innovation is reflected in a number of awards and prizes including an Australian Museum Eureka Award, AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence and NSW Premier's Science and Engineering Prize for Leadership in Innovation. Professor Kavallaris is a fellow of the Australian Academy of health and Medical Sciences.


  • Program Head, Tumour Biology and Targeting Program, and Executive Head, Research Engagement, Children's Cancer Institute
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Membership: TroBio Biosciences (non remunerated); Inventia Life Sciences (non remunerated)
  • Chair, Australian Institute for Policy and Science (non-remunerated)
  • Appointed to ASMR Research Fund Executive Committee
  • Founding Director, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, UNSW Sydney (non remunerated)
  • Consultant on 3D cell printing platform – Inventia Pty Ltd
  • Appointed to the MRFF Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel
  • Recipient of funding to conduct research into cancer biology, therapeutics, nanotechnology and cancer nanomedicine from following organisations: NHMRC; ARC; Cancer Australia; Cancer Council NSW; Tour de Cure
Jayashri Kulkarni

Kulkarni AM

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.

Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked mainly in Emergency Medicine before deciding to specialise in Psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997 for her thesis 'Women and Psychosis'. Jayashri has pioneered the novel use of estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on mental health.

An expert in Women's Mental Health, Jayashri was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.


  • Current NHMRC Project Grant (ID1129815)and likely future applicant
  • Membership: Advisory Board Member for Binomics Industry; Member of MRFF Committee – 'The Million Minds Campaign'
  • Previous membership: Jansen Cilag Advisory Board for Esketamine 2017
  • Honoraria paid for delivering educational lectures to medical practitioners, by Servier Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Industry
Peter Leedman


Professor Peter Leedman is the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research ('Perkins') in Perth and Professor of Medicine (endocrinologist) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He completed medicine at UWA, endocrinology at Royal Melbourne Hospital, his PhD at WEHI and a post-Doc at Harvard Medical School. Upon returning to Perth, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Perkins (formerly the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research) and the development of its two new state-of-the-art research buildings.

Leedman's research is focused on devising novel RNA-based therapeutic approaches to abrogate the growth of poor prognostic hormone-dependent cancers, melanoma, head and neck and liver cancer. Leedman co-founded miReven, a spin out company established to bring microRNA replacement therapy for liver cancer to the bedside.

Leedman has served on numerous NHMRC Committees, including Research Committee in the last triennium, and is currently Chairman of the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation Medical Advisory Committee and of Linear Clinical Research Ltd, the Perkins 32 bed phase 1 clinical trials facility.


  • Chairman of Linear Clinical Research Ltd, and some other Scientific Committees 
  • Recipient of several NHMRC grants 
  • Published papers 
  • Director of a medical research institute
James McCluskey


James McCluskey AO, FAA, FAHMS B Med Sci, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, MD is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Melbourne.

He trained in Perth as a physician, then carried out immunology research at the National Institutes of Health (USA). He has held senior positions at Monash University, Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Adelaide, South Australia. He established the SA unrelated bone marrow donor registry.

He has published more than 320 scientific articles on how genes control immunity.

He led the development, funding and establishment of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and is a founding member of Australian Friends of ASHA Slums (the Australian branch of Asha India. He led a team that won a USD$50M grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to help to establish a new Fellowship program focused on leadership to effect social change.


  • Member of senior leadership team and numerous internal University committees as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, The University of Melbourne
  • Pro-bono board directorships of companies limited by guarantee and one unincorporated joint venture (Doherty Institute) 
  • NHMRC, ARC and various international research funder - grantee
  • Advisory roles: Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity (AFSE) advisory board, Shanghai Institute for Immunology, Defence Science Institute, The University of Melbourne
  • Member of GSK Research Excellence Award judging Committee 2017–present
  • Various scientific conferences, generally focussed on immunology with paid travel, accommodation and expenses
  • Editorial Board advisory role: Immunology and Cell Biology
Anushka Patel


Professor Anushka Patel is Chief Scientist at The George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney, and Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Professor Patel's research focuses on understanding and improving cardiovascular disease management in global populations. She currently leads research projects focusing on developing innovative solutions for delivering affordable and effective cardiovascular care in the community and in acute care hospital settings in a number of countries including Australia, China, Indonesia and India.

Professor Patel undertook her medical training at the University of Queensland, with subsequent postgraduate research degrees from Harvard University and the University of Sydney. She is supported by a Principal Research Fellowship from the NHMRC.


  • Membership: Non-remunerated board member (and deputy Chair) of the Heart Health Research Center, a Beijing-based non-profit research organisation partly-owned by my employer
  • Peer review: Travel and accommodation for Joint UK Funders (Wellcome Trust administered)
  • Travel and/or accommodation and/or registration costs covered to attend and make presentations at a number of scientific meetings under the auspices of domestic and international professional societies, as well as meetings supported by WHO, European Commission, Wellcome Trust, South Asia Health Foundation (UK), BUPA, Four Corners of Cardiology, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Pfizer and the Improvement Foundation
  • Current recipient of funding for research largely in clinical/ health systems research for cardiometabolic diseases: NHMRC GACD Grant (2019); Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change (2018); NHMRC Program Grant (2019); NHMRC GACD Grant (2018); NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (2018); NHMRC GACD Grant (2015); NHMRC Project Grant (2015) 
  • Acting CEO, George Health Technologies 2017
Yvette Roe


Professor Yvette Roe is Njikena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberley region, Western Australia who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Indigenous health sector. As an Aboriginal scholar, Yvette’s research is co-designed with families, communities and service providers, and aims to improve health for Indigenous Australians.  

Professor Roe is a the Co-director of the soon to be launched Molly Wardaguga Research Institute, Charles Darwin University, Brisbane.

Professor Roe is the Indigenous lead on two NHMRC grants focused on undertaking high quality research to improve Indigenous birthing by redesigning health systems that will ensure a healthier start to life for Indigenous babies and their families. Her current research has a specific focus on ensuring that maternal and infant services are mother-child focus and are informed by an Indigenous epistemology and ontology. This involves describing and assessing the impact of community investment and activation, continuity of care, social complexity and patient engagement and its relationship to health outcomes.

The focus of her research is to unpack the multiple components of a complex intervention (Birthing on Country Services) to ascertain what works for who, in what circumstances, in what respect and in what duration.


  • Employer: Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University
  • CI and AI on a number of NHMRC project grants
Nicholas Talley

Laureate Professor
Talley AC

Laureate Professor Nick Talley is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is an expert clinician, educator and researcher, with extensive experience as a leader in the medical and University sectors.

Professor Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, has published over 1000 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and is considered one of the world’s most influential clinician-researchers (H index 130, Scopus 2018). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia (since 2015). He is also a leading medical educator and the author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine. Professor Talley is a Senior Staff Specialist and gastroenterologist at John Hunter Hospital and attends clinic and lists on a weekly basis. He currently holds adjunct research appointments as Professor at Mayo Clinic (and Supplemental Consultant), University of North Carolina and the Karolinska Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (and Past President 2014-2016), the Royal College of Physicians (both London and Edinburgh), the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.


  • University of Newcastle, Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Editorial: Medical Journals of Australia, Editor in Chief, Up to Date (Section Editor), Precision and Future Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine
  • Past President of Australasian College of Physicians
  • Committees: Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors, GESA board member, MBS Review Taskforce, NHMRC Principal Committee, Research Committee , Australian Medical Council (AMC) Council Member 
  • Consultancy: Adelphi values, GI therapies, Viscera Labs, Progenity Inc, Sanofi-Aventis, Censa, Anatara life Sciences, Takeda.
  • Miscellaneous: Avant Foundation (judging of research grants) (2017–2019)
  • Community and patient advocacy groups: Advisory Board, IFFGD (International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders)
  • Grant/ Research Support: HVN National Science Challenge NZ (no financial support)
  • Recipient of several NHMRC grants
Rosalie Viney


Professor Rosalie Viney is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney.

Rosalie has extensive experience in health economics, health services and health policy research. Her research interests include health technology assessment and priority setting, measurement and valuation of quality of life and health outcomes, consumer preferences for health and health care, evaluation of health policy, and the impact of funding arrangements on utilisation and outcomes of health care.

Rosalie has undertaken a broad range of commissioned projects for State/Territory Health authorities, and for the Australian Government Department of Health.

Rosalie has also had longstanding involvement in the development of the fields of health economics and health services research in Australia, through the Australian Health Economics Society and the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand. She has also had extensive experience of involvement in reimbursement decision making in Australia.


  • Professor of Health Economics and Director, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at University of Technology, Sydney (employed by UTS in this and related roles since 2003)
  • Project leader for an evaluation project for Sustainability Victoria 
  • Senior member of the National Technical Service for provision of health economics advice to Cancer Clinical Trials Groups
  • Member of the EuroQOL group since January 2015
  • Elected member of the EuroQOL Executive (the Scientific and Strategic Advisory Committee to the EuroQOL group) 
  • Providing expert advice regarding pharmaceutical industry to Australian Taxation Office 
  • Part of a project team conducting a commissioned project for Novo Nordisk regarding patient preferences for diabetes medications 
  • Applicant on grants submitted to the Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care
  • Received funding from the Australian Self Medication Industry to undertake commissioned research on the role of advertising in S3 medications
  • Researcher in health technology assessment, quality of life valuation and measurement, economic evaluation, quantitative health policy evaluation, measurement of consumer preferences.
  • The following are current or recent NHMRC and ARC grants Project grant; APP1065395; Project grant APP1024450; Project grant AppID 632662 2010; (Capacity Building Program) 571926 2009
  • In addition I have a current ARC grant on measurement of the value of consumer choice in mandatory health programs
Patsy Yates


Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN is jointly appointed as Head, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology, Lead Researcher for the Cancer Nursing Professorial Precinct at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). She leads a range of research and service improvement programs focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer and palliative care, advancing the management of cancer related symptoms and treatment side effects, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer care. She is the immediate Past-President of Palliative Care Australia and is President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. 

Patsy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. 


  • Employed as Professor of Nursing and Head, School of Nursing, at Queensland University of Technology
  • Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Vice-President, QUT (June 2019–January 2020)
  • Jointly appointed as Director, Queensland Health's  Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education 
  • Honorarium provided by Novartis in 2006  for giving a lecture on developing a nursing research program
  • Other Affiliations: Honorary Visiting Researcher, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital; Visiting Research Fellow, Princess Alexandra Hospital; Senior Fellow, Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong.
  • Participated in public submissions and development of position statements as a member of professional committees and boards.
  • Recipient of the following contract research funding from the Australian Government, Department of Health (2017–2020): Enhancing legal knowledge of medical practitioners to improve the provision of palliative and end-of-life care; Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC); Palliative Care Education & Training Collaborative (PEPA & PCC4U); Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services (ELDAC).
  • Participated in an international project team (2011–2014) to conduct a study on nurses' practices in managing chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, funded through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Merck to the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • Fees for contributions to book chapters 
  • Recipient of the following current research grant funding:  National Natural Science Foundation for Young Scientist of China (2019–2021) CIB, Tiered support model for fatigue self-management among cancer survivors and the mechanism of mobile application based adaptive interventions; NHMRC MRFF (2018–2022) CIE, Medicinal cannabinoids to relieve symptom burden in the palliative care of patients with advanced cancer; ARC Discovery Grant (2018–2021) CID, Extraordinary yet mundane talk: children navigating palliative care; Children 's Health Foundation Queensland (2018–2020) CIB, RESPONSE: Remote Symptom Management in Paediatric Oncology; Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW (2018–2020) CIB, Empowering the clinician-patient-carer TRIO: RCT of novel online education modules to facilitate effective family carer involvement in oncology; NHMRC Project Grant (2017-2020) CIA, A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) of nursing interventions to reduce pain associated with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy; NHMRC (2014–2019) AIJ, Chronic Kidney Disease Centre for Research Excellence; NHMRC (2013–2020) CIA, Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care; The Movember Group TrueNth (2014-2019) CIA, A Pilot Study to assess the feasibility of an Integrated Survivorship Intervention to improve Patient and Service Level Outcomes for Men with Prostate Cancer.
  • Previously participated in advisory bodies for pharmaceutical companies on the following issues: 2019 Bristol Myers Squibb Global Societies and Cooperative Groups Advisory Board (Current); 2000–2002 Janssen Cilag Cancer related fatigue initiative; 2001 Nursing Advisory Board, Amgen Australia; 1999 National Pain Management Initiative, GlaxoWellcome, Expert Reference Group
  • Travel and accommodation support received as a member of professional and scientific advisory committees.
  • 2017–2019 Grant funding provided by Stratpharma to undertake a trial.
  • Served on a range of committees/review panels for which I received honoraria or assessment fees
  • Participated as an invited speaker in a 2019 World Health Assembly Side Event 'Beyond the headlines' what will it take to address the growing cancer burden? organised by Roche.  No funding provided.
  • I received support for participation in international conferences/ meetings over the past two years.
  • Published over 80 articles in a range of peer reviewed journals in last five years on issues relating to funding:  palliative care, cancer care, nursing, symptom reduction, health services
  • Current Board and Council Membership: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (President); Nursing & Midwifery Board of Queensland (Chair); Council of Deans of Nursing & Midwifery (Council); Queensland Health's Queensland Nursing & Midwifery Executive (Council); Palliative Care Australia (Immediate Past-President).
  • Current advisory groups/committee memberships:  AISC Aged Services Industry Reference Committee Member; Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Scientific Reference Panel; Movember Foundation International Prostate Cancer Health Outcomes Network; Movember Foundation Australian Prostate Cancer Health Outcomes Research Unit 's Research Advisory Board; CareSearch National Reference Group; Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4); Emergency Medicine Foundation Queensland Strategic Grants Committee